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Nine Run First Powers Tucson Past Salt Lake

August 30, 2008 - Pacific Coast League (PCL1)
Tucson Sidewinders News Release

Tucson, AZ - Tucson let the bats fly Friday with a 15-8 win over the Pacific Northern Division Champion Salt Lake Bees. The Sidewinders scored nine of those runs in the first inning after going down 3-0 in the top of the frame.

Tucson's Phil Avlas highlighted the outburst by going 5-for-5 in the game with four RBI, four runs and his second homerun of the season in the first inning. Josh Whitesell got his team leading 26th homerun with a solo shot in the second inning.

Whitesell, Jesus Merchan, and Frank Curreri all brought in three runs each for the Sidewinders. Whitesell's three RBI night gave him 109 on the season, which ties him for first with Lyle Overbay for Tucson's all-time franchise single season RBI record.

Salt Lake was lead by Matt Brown and Freddy Sandoval with two hits, and a run each. Sandoval brought in two of the Bees eight runs.

The Sidewinders will play game two of a four game series against Salt Lake starting on Saturday at 7:00 PM. LHP Evan MacLane (7-8, 5.17) is scheduled to start for Tucson. Right-hander Anthony Ortega (4-0, 2.53) will start for the Bees. The game will air live on COOL 1450 beginning at 6:50 p.m.

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